Secret stash in the back of my Subaru
“What’s that in the back of your car?”
Sounds like a casual question, but it wasn’t. My friend Jone Bosworth quizzed me with a raised eyebrow and a tart tone.
“Jumper cables,” I explained.
“No, that other thing–the big brown thing,” she pressed.
“Oh. Well, um…it’s a leather loveseat,” I said, in what I hoped was an off-hand manner.
“A loveseat!?! What are you doing with a loveseat? You’re supposed to be downsizing.” Clearly, I hadn’t nailed the off-hand thing.
You will recall that I am downsizing, simplifying and focusing my life. It says so, more or less, in the sub-title of this blog.
And I have–I sold my house, disposed of many possessions and put the rest in a storage locker. Well, there was a little excess that I had to put in another, much smaller locker. And as soon as my brother Joe takes our great-grandmother’s dining room table, I can consolidate the two.
In the meantime, as I told Jone, there’s some room in the lockers. Hence, the loveseat.
“What? There’s room in the lockers? There’s room, so you’re filling it?” She wasn’t buying that rationale. I tried another.
“Well, my friend Fran was getting a new loveseat and chair, and she needed to get rid of this loveseat and she said she was going to give it to a charity that gives furniture to formerly homeless people who just got their first apartments, and the loveseat is really nice and Fran said I could have it, so I told her I would donate some cash to the homeless organization; besides, she wanted to get it out of her condo pretty quickly and the homeless place couldn’t pick it up for three weeks and I told her it would fit in the back of the Subaru–she didn’t believe me, but it did, so I took it.”
Jone stood there, hands on hips, eyebrow still raised. I am awed–and a little scared–of people who can raise one eyebrow.
“And it’s the right scale for whatever smaller place I end up in,” I added, meekly.
Still silence, still the eyebrow.
What can I say–I relapsed.
Jone, an executive coach, told me I have to work on breaking some habits of mind if my down-sizing and simplifying are going to be successful:
- Just because something is free, and really nice, doesn’t mean I need it.
- Just because that something fits easily into the back of the Subaru, doesn’t mean I should put it in there.
- Just because the storage locker has room, doesn’t mean I should fill it.
- Just because I want it, doesn’t mean I should have it.
Oh, okay, fine, I’ll work on changing my thought patterns.
In the meantime, it’s a really nice leather loveseat and it fits in the back of my car and there is room in the storage locker….
The Resale Evangelista is about simplifying life, cutting down on clutter, spending wisely and creating a focused, artful life.
If you are in the Washington D.C. area and have nice furniture you would like to donate, try The Wider Circle. The non-profit organization accepts furniture in good condition only, and redistributes it to families or individuals who need it. And if you have cash? Wider Circle accepts that, too.
If you are in or around St. Louis, the Miriam School’s Switching Post accepts donations of furniture and household items in good shape and sells them at prices well below antique shops or commercial stores. It’s an open secret that interior designers shop at the Switching Post. The store is staffed by volunteers and all proceeds go to the Miriam School, in Webster Grove, for learning-disabled children. Last year, the store raised $100,000 for the school.
For more information: Phone: 314-646-7737; Website: MiriamSwitchingPost.org
If you know of other non-profits who accept furniture, feel free to leave their contact information with your comments, or send them to me and I’ll add them.